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>> now we're getting there. >> but i was such a nice jewish girl, that i said, marlon, i can't stay overflight with you. i i will go with you for the day but you have to take me home. >> so marlon clearly wanted to do more than see the flowers with you. >> he wanted to sleep in the desert with me. >> you turned down marlon brando? >> yeah, absolutely. >> how did he take rejection? >> it was fine. >> a remarkable conversation with a remarkable lady. barbra streisand with me for the hour tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. east person that's all for tonight. ac 360 starts now. "ac 360" starts now. breaking news tonight. the woman believed to be president obama's first choice for secretary of state says no thanks. u.n. ambassador susan rice. she's the one caught up in the controversy over her statements following the murder of four americans in libya. she's the one, you'll recall,
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the president stood up using some pretty blunt language, saying that anyone who's got a problem with her has a problem with him. instead, there won't be a confrontation because late today, ambassador rice took herself out of contention, writing the president she's honored to be considered for the office, writing "i am fully confident that i could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. however, if nominated, i am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly. that trade-off is simply not worth it for our country." >> i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state, because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country, and the first several months of a
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second-term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done. we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation. that's what matters. and to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected or maybe even some of these priorities impossible to achieve, i didn't want that, and i'd much prefer to continue doing what i'm doing, which is a job i love at the united nations. >> president obama accepted her decision to bow out, calling her an extraordinarily capable, patriotic and passionate public servant. more with what decision and who's the leading candidate, dana bash, gloria borger and david bergen. what was the pivotal moment for ambassador rose? >> reporter: no question, it was the series of meetings a couple weeks ago here on the hill, first of all with her chief republican foes, senators mccain, graham and ayotte, but more importantly it was probably with a republican who hadn't quite made up her mind, the
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moderate republican from maine, susan collins. by all accounts, that meeting did not go well at all, because according to a source familiar with that meeting, she didn't want to answer really basic questions and got frustrated and maybe even a little prickly at some of the basic questions. and after that, the feeling even among some democrats who talked to these republicans was they really weren't sure if she can't handle meetings with u.s. senators, how is she going to be on the world stage representing the u.s. there? so, that definitely was an issue. there's no question that the president in his statement made clear that he didn't think susan rice was treated fairly. there's no question there was politics at play here by republicans who were really, really angry about benghazi, and she illustrated that, but it was more than that. it was also personality driven, because democrats even think she is very smart and capable but maybe doesn't have the personality for the job. >> gloria, i heard you say earlier that you think ambassador rice underestimated
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the club. what did you mean by that? >> right. that was from a democrat very close to the white house. she said the club is really important on capitol hill. john kerry is the leader in that club, john mccain likes him an awful lot and would clearly go along with that nomination. also, when she traveled up there and she wanted to go up there to talk to these senators, there is a sense from the source that she kind of overestimated her ability to woo them over on the question of benghazi. that was a really big pre-existing condition for her, and dana just pointed out, she didn't win over susan collins, who was quite important to her. >> and david, i mean, what do you make of this? is this just a sign of how partisan things have become, or was it pretty clear from as soon as the controversy over benghazi, the comments began, that it wasn't going to happen? >> i don't think this is just about partisanship, and i also don't think it's just about
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benghazi. that was an issue, of course, but in this case, there are a number of senators on both sides of the aisle who believe that the united states has some tough work ahead in international relations. you know, someone has got to go and negotiation with the iranians to make sure we don't get into a conflict over there and someone with the kind of toughness and authority of a jim baker. and frankly, there was a sense about susan rice that, even though she is very talented and i think she did a generous thing today by withdrawing, she really was loyal to her president by doing that, but there was also a sense that she didn't have the weight, she didn't have the background that senator kerry does, and he is extremely schooled and knows the rough parts of the world. and there was a sense in the senate, you know, that people there would just be more comfortable with him representing the united states. >> david, what do you think this says about president obama himself, because it certainly seemed like, especially in the last month or so, that he was digging in his heels preparing for a fight?
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>> well, it did seem like that, and there was also -- you know, there had been various reports that he's been agonizing over this choice, and in a sense, she let him off. she recognizes agony and removed it. i think one can read into this that he doesn't want a series of fights with republicans across the board. he's got a big fight on his hands on the fiscal cliff, and you know, it may be one struggle too many when he wants to get his second term off and running and he doesn't want to be ensnared like this. this happens to presidents, and we've had some really good people who have not made it through this process. i remember so well the iconic figure ted sorensen, who was nominated to be cia chief, and it sort of just fell apart after time, and ted sorensen went on to great things and he'll be well remembered, but it was a tough chapter in his life. >> anderson, you were just talking about the senate being more comfortable with john kerry. i think in a way, the president
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would have been a lot more comfortable with susan rice. she's an old friend of his. it's not that he doesn't like john kerry. john kerry helped him out during the debates, he's known him for a long time. susan rice is a dear old friend, and you know, there's another issue here, which is the question of diversity. because if it sort of all stacks up as we think it's going, it looks like the top four cabinet posts could now potentially be filled by men, and i'm sure that that's something the white house really is thinking about. >> and dana, i mean, this team that looks to be falling into place, huchuck hagel talking abt replacing panetta, does it seem like it will pass confirmation in the senate if john kerry is the candidate? >> it does, unless there's something we don't know about, like if senate minority leader, tom daschle, an important member of the club, he didn't make it through because of a surprise issue with tax returns.
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with john kerry, even the republican leader late today said kind words about him. it is virtually sure that he is going to get through the senate because he has been vetted in many ways because he was the presidential candidate. you don't get more vetted than that. with regard to chuck hagel, same thing, he is somebody who maybe didn't have the closest relationships here, but the fact that it would be a bipartisan pick, since he's a republican, would go a long way likely. so, yes, it does look like it's shaping up. the one thing i would say about susan rice, the sort of vetting here on capitol hill, is the president is maybe looking at her to be national security adviser. she wouldn't need senate confirmation. >> interesting. thank you. politics now and high stakes when it comes to the taxes you pay, the size of government, the economy, the works. president obama and john boehner back at it tonight trying once again to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. the question is, will it be any different this time?
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let's check with jessica yellin. >> hey, anderson. tonight the two met for 50 minutes in the oval office as they struggled to find a way out of this stalemate, and so far, no word of breakthrough. aides to both men describe the conversation as frank, and we're told that lines of communication remain open. now, that is political speak, and i will translate it for you. frank, that generally means that the conversation was somewhat tense. lines of communication remains open, that means that the two men's staff will continue talking. and in fact, i've confirmed that there is no current plan for the two men, the president and speaker boehner, to have a follow-up meeting as of yet, and speaker boehner does plan to return home to ohio tomorrow. now, that's a challenge for a deal to come together because they are running out of time. they are all but out of time to get a deal done before the christmas deadline and next to
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out of time to get one done before the new year, anderson. >> jessica, thanks very much. let us know what you thin think, @andersoncooper. i'll be tweeting tonight. next, an out break of a deadly disease and allegations of what the hospital system knew about the risk. ñç@rño
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keeping them honest now, looking for facts tonight, not offering opinions or playing favorites. our goal tonight is real reporting, as it is every night, finding truth and calling out hypocrisy, but tonight the stakes are life and death. every year, millions of americans put their life on the line for the country check into va hospitals. all deserve the best care possible. certainly, none should ever expect that a trip to the hospital might make them sick or even kill them, yet one pittsburgh area family says that is exactly what happened to their dad and they're finding more cases like his. he was treated in pittsburgh's va hospital system, one of the most highly regarded in the nation, and they have died because of what he caught there, legionnaires' disease, a potentially deadly bacterial infection that spreads in contaminated water supplies.
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and what makes this story even more troubling is the evidence that cnn has now uncovered. it shows that hospital officials knew about the problem, and yet apparently, they failed to fix it. but since january of last year, last year, there have been at least five cases directly traceable to the va hospital system in pittsburgh, but only last month did the va admit they had a problem with their water supply. they said so in a news release and issued two more, including one that said the problem has been solved. apart from news releases, though, they're simply not talking. drew griffin tonight is investigating. >> we firmly believe that the va was going to give him the best care they could possibly give him. >> reporter: knowing what you know now, did the va give him the best care possible? >> no, no, they didn't. i mean, i can say there was strong negligence on the va's part. >> reporter: bob nicklas is talking about his father, bill, a world war ii navy hero who
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would drop into hostile waters to save downed navy pilots. but bill nicklas died the day after thanksgiving from heart failure and legionnaires' disease. he contracted it from using the water at the va, which was contaminated with high levels of a bacteria known as legionella, the cause of legionnaires' disease. two other families are wondering whether their veterans contracted the legionnaires' disease that killed them from this same pittsburgh va. cnn has now learned that hospital officials knew they had a problem with the water system as far back as december of last year but chose not to reveal any of that publicly until a month ago. >> being a veteran myself, i'm shocked and appalled that the va would put, you know, their veterans in that type of situation. >> reporter: records obtained by cnn show that over the past year, the amount of disinfectant in the va's water was less than the amount needed to prevent legionella bacteria from
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reaching dangerous levels. and internal records from a water quality company called liquitech show that in december of 2011, an infection found they have legionella. "systems are not being properly maintained." a site visit by the same company five months later found the problems continued, obvious evidence that the systems had not been properly, regularly maintained. liquitech is the contractor who installed the va's water system and a system like it in hundreds of other hospitals across the country. he says it is inexplicable that the va hospital in pittsburgh knew it had a problem, was warned about it, and did not fix it. >> they were not cleaning the flow cells, they were not doing the monitoring, they were not doing the things that are critical to the efficacy of the system. >> reporter: and did you tell the hospital? >> yes, we did. yes, we did. we told them -- we actually had
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two audits and told them twice that they were deficient in their maintenance. >> reporter: what is so frustrating to shira is if the system had just been maintained, if the hospital had just listened and made simple adjustments, he says he believes lives could have been saved. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> reporter: 100%? >> 100%. >> reporter: as is done in all the other hospitals that you serve? >> yes. >> this outbreak was absolutely preventible. >> reporter: dr. janet stout with her colleague, dr. victor yu, worked for more than 20 years at this same pittsburgh va hospit researching legionnaires' disease. they were pioneers in the field developing the copper silver ionization filtration system which is still being used at pittsburgh's va and in hospitals nationwide. six years ago, in a controversial move, the doctors and their legionella research lab were told by the va their
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services were not productive and a drain on clinical resources. the doctors say for a decade before they left, not a single patient got legionnaires from the hospital's water. she says if she were still there, monitoring the water, this entire tragedy would have been prevented with the turn of a knob. >> so, this is not, you know, as they say, rocket science. this is straight-forward. >> reporter: so, what went wrong? our calls and e-mails to the va went unanswered, so keeping them honest, we went to the united states veterans administration hospital in pittsburgh in hopes of getting answers. we were met by four armed federal officers. hey, how are you? drew griffin with cnn. nice to see you. >> va police. >> yes, sir. >> this has not been approved by our public affairs office. i cannot allow you inside. >> i'm calling public affairs right now. do you want to call them and see if they can come on? >> i cannot technically call them. can you take the camera back across the street until we have authorization? >> reporter: hold on, i'm on the
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phone now. again after reaching an answering machine, they asked us to leave. who told you to kick us off? >> it's our policy. >> reporter: your policy? we cannot stand on united states government land with a camera? >> without legitimate purpose to be here. >> reporter: without legitimate purpose? i'm trying to figure out why these patients died. >> and being news media while reporting, i have to ask you to leave until approved by our public affairs office. >> reporter: instead of answering our questions, the va spokesperson david cowgill released three public advisories. the last one on the day we left in a voice mail. >> va is committed to providing safe facilities and quality care for veterans. >> reporter: it goes on to say that an investigation is under way and that -- >> testing results indicate remediation at the pittsburgh vamc university drive has been successful. >> reporter: bill nicklas's flag still flies on the front lawn that he mowed himself. he would have turned 88 this past weekend. instead of celebrating his
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birthday, his family held a memorial service. >> they should have the best and utmost care that anybody else, even better than the normal civilian. i mean, they fought for their country, you know, they go to battle, they, you know, they love their country and where do they go? they go to a hospital and they basically die in there. >> reporter: anderson, let me tell you a little bit more about bill nicklas. this guy drafted at 17 years old into the u.s. navy. he would drive 30 miles out of his way, past two other hospitals, just to go to the va because he thought he would get better care there as a veteran, which is why his sons really feel let down by this. >> we know of three possible deaths due to this legionella at the hospital, but there actually could be more deaths, right? >> reporter: certainly. all the information on these cases, 29 cases, is coming from the hospital. this has been going on for a year now, anderson. i think a lot of health care professionals, a lot of families, quite frankly, are going to look back over this year, look back at the family
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members they may have lost and begin asking questions about what this was that killed their loved one. could it have been this legionnaires' disease? >> and who besides us are trying to get answers on this, and is the va still refusing to talk to you? >> reporter: yeah, they will not come out. as you saw in that piece, they will not talk to us at all. they referred us to the washington pr division, sent us right back to pittsburgh. it's been a mess. but the centers for disease control and prevention, they did send a team there in november to investigate this. we're told that the investigation, the results from the cdc will go to the va in coming weeks. we're not sure if that's going to be released to the public. >> and i still can't understand why the va did nothing when they knew they had a problem. >> reporter: actually, anderson, we found out that about six months ago, the va did bring in a consultant who made recommendations on how to fix the water, but the va apparently did not tell that consultant that they had legionnaires cases at the hospital.
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if they had told the consultants that, there would have been different recommendations, the va would have been told to handle it differently, and we just don't know why, because the va won't talk to us. >> unbelievable. drew, appreciate it. thanks. well, a cnn exclusive ahead. a truly breathtaking display of courage by a syrian teenager. he risked his life to save a stranger, an old woman who was hit by a sniper. that's him crawling along the ground trying to rescue this lady. arwa damon's report is next. upside down. >> hi. >> hi. you know, i can save you 15% today if you open up a charge card account with us. >> you just read my mind. >> announcer: just one little piece of information and they can open bogus accounts, stealing your credit, your money and ruining your reputation. that's why you need lifelock to relentlessly protect what matters most... [beeping...] helping stop crooks before your identity is attacked. and now you can have the most comprehensive identity theft protection available today... lifelock ultimate. so for protection you just
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tonight, a "360" exclusive from syria. an extraordinary display of bravery in a sniper's alley with bullets flying. a teenage boy who risked his life says he's no hero, that he did what countless others do every day. we're going to show you that in a moment. first, new signs that defeat could be near for al assad's regime. today russia, syria's most powerful ally, said assad's losing control of his country and admitted the opposition could win. nato's leader went further, saying the regime is approaching collapse.
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their comments came as opposition groups seized a military base near damascus. meantime, syrian state television said at least two dozen civilians were killed in two car bombings outside of damascus. seven children were said to be among those killed in this blast. in a nearby town, eight people, mostly women and children, were reported killed in this bombing according to state television. tonight, assad shows no outward signs of backing down, however, and in hotspots like aleppo, civilians are still dying in the cross fire. now that act of incredible courage that was caught on tape. here is arwa damon's exclusive report. >> reporter: a fighter slithers across the street, his body covered. yards away a woman lies motionless. she's been shot by a sniper. her rescuer is not a relative, nor a neighbor. he's never met her. abdullah fahan is just 17. he knew he had to save the woman or die trying.
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when we met him later, he tells us -- "we had a feeling that she was still alive. we wanted to save her, to get her to a hospital." as he crawls closer, he can see her hand. her fingers shaking. "cover him! cover him," someone shouts. other fighters lay down cover fire. abdullah quickly ties the hose to her legs, but he's unable to retreat. "i said to myself, if i die, it's god's will that i die next to this woman," he tells us. finally, he makes a run for it, and the rebels drag the woman
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back. [ gunfire ] [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the woman and her son were walking right down the street there. rebel fighters shouted at them to stay away, but it was too late. aleppo is crisscrossed with similar sniper alleys. some are known, but others do not reveal themselves until the first shot has been fired. despite abdullah's efforts, the woman dies. her son utterly distraught.
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>> reporter: "don't die now, don't die today," he pleads. "answer me, mom, answer me! she's not dead. she's not dead," he says, as he collapses. abdullah is left wondering whether her life could have been saved if he'd reached her sooner. until recently, he worked at a bakery. now, like thousands of young syrians, he puts his life on the line. "i am not a hero. i am just like anyone else," abdullah tells us. and we're left to wonder, how many similar acts of courage go unrecorded every day in syria, and how many innocents are lost? arwa damon, cnn, aleppo. >> arwa damon reporting. there's a lot more happening tonight. isha's here with a "360 bulletin." the taliban has taken credit for a suicide bombing in afghanistan that killed at least three people, including one american. the attack happened near kandahar's air field just hours
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after u.s. defense secretary leon panetta left the city. for the first time we're getting a look at north korea's first apparent successful launch of a long-range missile, courtesy of the state-run news agency. the country's leader, kim jong-un, celebrated with soldiers. the remains of music star jenni rivera have been identified and returned to her family. rivera and six others are believed to have died in sunday's plane crash in mexico. the cause of the crash is under investigation. and two men arrested in a murder-for-hire plot were planning on castrating and killing justin bieber. that's according to police in new mexico and vermont. the suspects, a convicted felon and his 23-year-old nephew, were allegedly hired by an inmate in new mexico infatuated with the pop music star. anderson? >> isha, thanks. much more ahead, including a mother's grief and outrage. her young son and daughter were viciously stabbed to death by their own father. he confessed, but now he's free. coming up, his ex-wife's fight
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to make sure no other family suffers what she has endured.
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her death shocked the world, now british police are releasing new information about the nurse who apparently took her own life after transferring a prank call to the ward treating catherine, the duchess of cambridge. what they're saying about the circumstances surrounding her death.
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crime and punishment. a mother whose young children were viciously stabbed to death is reeling tonight. their killer is back on the streets. he was released from a mental health facility just yesterday. the case is as controversial as it is horrifying. 5-year-old olivier and his 3-year-old sister ann sophie were stabbed to death in their own beds. each child had more than a dozen wounds. as horrible as those facts alone are, it gets worse. their father, a physician, is the one who killed them and he confessed. but a canadian jury ruled that he wasn't criminally responsible because of his mental state at the time.
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instead of prison, he was sent to a mental health facility. now he's free and he has no criminal record. his ex-wife, who's also a doctor, fought hard to keep that from happening. paula newton has more. >> reporter: as isabel gaston pours over her own children's autopsy reports, she wishes she had no idea what they meant. but as a physician and a coroner, she knows it's true. her children suffered long, gruesome deaths. >> i knew that it was not a short death. my little boy received 20 -- 20 stabs of a knife. he had seven marks of defense. he had no wound that was the one that gave him death. >> there was no mercy? >> no. my little girl had 19 wounds. maybe she was luckier because she had one that was more mortal than the other, but she felt the
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19 shots for sure. >> reporter: but this was no random act of violence. the knife was wielded by the children's father and gaston's ex-husband, cardiologist dr. guy turcotte. >> to know that my children faced the person that they should trust the most and they were left by themselves to die, no one holding their hand, i strugg struggle, okay. i struggle all the day, every day of my life, and until i die i will struggle. >> reporter: dr. turcotte admits he killed his children in 2009, and yet now he is a free man, even possibly free to practice medicine again. in 2010, a canadian jury failed to convict turcotte of the
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murders, finding him not criminally responsible due to mental illness. dr. turcotte killed his children on what was supposed to be a family movie night. this surveillance video shows him renting videos with his children just hours before he brutally stabbed them in their beds. these were troubling times for dr. turcotte. he was separated from his wife. she had left him for another man. dr. turcotte says he suffered a blackout and does not remember stabbing the children. the verdict is being appealed. do you believe he was mentally insane when he committed the murders, and do you believe he's mentally insane now? >> no, no. >> reporter: why? >> why should i, that i don't accept he is mentally ill, when i look at the facts, okay. we have a person that's a cardiologist that has never had a psychiatric incident, never, not at all. >> reporter: the jury, though, believed the testimony of two psychiatrists presented by the defense.
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they testified that dr. turcotte could not have known what he was doing when he repeatedly stabbed 5-year-old olivier and 3-year-old ann sophie. >> i'm a little bit mad because you know, i have to respect their decision. so, it confronts me and my values, but i think they didn't do their job. >> reporter: dr. turcotte is now a free man with no criminal record, and he says he's not taking any medication for mental illness. the only conditions of his release are that he continue with therapy and stay away from his ex-wife and her family. he must also go before the review panel that released him in a year. the medical professionals currenting treating turcotte and the psychiatric experts who gave testimony at his trial have told cnn they do not wish to comment on the case. dr. gaston says she fears for her life now, and believes the psychiatrists that testified on his behalf did not evaluate him
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long enough. she is calling for stricter guidelines when psychiatric testimony is presented in court. she says she has never believed her ex-husband was mentally ill, and even if he was, he could not now be cured in little more than three years. >> what i'm saying, i have question. i'm a mother but i'm also a doctor. >> reporter: you hope it will help other victims in the future? >> yes, i hope. and you know what, i'm very convinced and i'm willing to lose my health, i'm willing to lose my economy status, i'm willing to lose my professional status, i'm willing to lose my life. i'm willing to go very far in this battle. and i'm really, really convinced that it has to change. >> reporter: did you ever ask him why he did it? >> i wanted to ask him, but, you know, the response that he's going to give me, if he doesn't tell me the truth, that is my
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truth that i know is for vengeance, you know, he will invent everything, and that's what he did in court, you know? >> reporter: and dr. gaston says she believes it will be an important test case to possibly limit claims of mental insanity and better scrutinize the medical evidence needed to prove it. >> that is such a horrific crime. paula newton joins me now. paula, what's been the reaction to this release? >> reporter: outrage really throughout the country, felt most acutely here in montreal today, anderson. everyone was talking about it. the outrage stems from two thing. one of the things in the headlines, look, anderson, this guy stabbed his children 46 times, he confessed to it. he served 46 months, not all of it in prison. he is a free man right now. add to that that the mental facility actually said, look, this guy does present a risk to society. we don't know how he'll behave in the future, but he needs to be free and we can manage that risk. anderson, i'll remind you, there will be no police officer
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following him around, not anything like that, and the public wants to know why. >> i mean, that's just incredible. and for such a short amount of time that he actually was in this mental health facility. what is next for him? >> reporter: well, this is the other outrageous thing people are telling me. in his testimony as to why he wanted to be released, he said he wanted to lead a normal life. anderson, he's going to apply again to practice medicine. he is a cardiologist. he doesn't have any complaints against him in terms of the kind of care he had for his parents. patients. he is free to be a doctor again if he gets licensed once more. and again, the only thing that the mother, isabelle gaston keeps relying upon is an appeal in the new year. >> that's just extraordinary. paula newton will continue to follow it. thank you. still ahead, a murder mystery with a twist. dolphins are turning up dead along the gulf coast but who or what is killing them? ed lavandera has a special report ahead.
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murder mystery along the gulf coast is deepening tonight. mutilated bodies of dolphins have been washing ashore all year. in recent weeks the pace has picked up dramatically. as many as ten dead dolphins have been found. the discovery is gruesome, disturbing and frankly baffling. could it be the work of some kind of a serial killer? if so, why would anyone want to harm dolphins? that's what a lot of people are wondering tonight. the race to solve the mystery has been intensifying. ed lavandera reports. >> good to go.
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>> reporter: the hunt is on. >> we're going to do a routine safety check. >> reporter: for a dolphin killer. the dolphin case is in the back of your mind? >> right. we're not going to come out and ask him are you shooting dolphins. >> permission to come on board? >> we're going to look and see if there's any evidence as far as firearms and such like that. >> firearms? guns? >> reporter: officer leo degeorge and a mississippi marine patrol unit are searching any boat they can find, trying to unravel the mysterious and disturbing case of murdered dolphins washing up along the gulf coast. >> i'm going to go down below and take a look, see what i can find out. >> all right. >> reporter: there's a growing sense of urgency. between january and november of this year, seven slain dolphins have been found. but in the last two weeks, two more dolphins and a part of a third washed ashore. some have been shot, some mutilated with tails and a jaw cut off. only the head of one dolphin was recently found on a beach. many pictures too gruesome to show. >> so the one thing it all has in common is all these dolphins
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have turned up along these little barrier islands along the gulf coast? >> that's correct. >> reporter: moaby saliani is the lead biologist at the institute for marine mammal studies in gulfport, mississippi. he's analyzed the corpses of all the dolphins for federal investigators at noaa, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. there now could be as many as ten murdered dolphins, the majority discovered in the last two months. what do you take away from all that? >> well, it looks like somebody is deranged. it's really senseless. it's repugnant, it's illegal. i don't understand what type of person would do such a cruel act. >> reporter: when we first started asking questions about the dead dolphins a few weeks ago, we asked federal investigators if they thought this could be the work of a dolphin serial killer or killers. they told us then that that was not one of their theories, but since then, three more dolphins have washed ashore, and those federal investigators now say they can't comment on an active criminal investigation.
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you've seen these animals up close. were you able to see anything that kind of leads you to believe that it might have been the work of one person? >> well, it's really hard for us to do, because all we can do as scientists is report the fact, the investigative agencies and people who are trained to determine what kind of connections and what type of profile a person has. >> reporter: federal investigators told us a few weeks ago they think the murders are not connected. but along this coastline today, many people are wondering if there's a deranged dolphin serial killer or killers hunting these beloved creatures. on patrol, wild dolphins bob up and down all around us. the mysterious string of dolphin killings is something these officers have never seen. what's your biggest fear about the way all of this is playing out? >> the biggest fear? more of them. and why would somebody do this? i don't know how they're getting a thrill out of this. >> reporter: and the search intensifies for a predator
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lurking around these waters. ed lavandera, cnn, on the mississippi sound. well, now isha joins us again with the "360 news and business bulletin." isha? anderson, british police say the apparent suicide of the nurse who transferred a prank call to the ward treating catherine duchess of cambridge is not suspicious. they say a co-worker found her hanging in the hospital's living quarters. she left three suicide notes but police are not revealing their content. software nineer john mcafee is back in the u.s. after he says he was deported from guatemala. mcafee entered the country after police in belize wanted to question him in his neighbor's murder. and fiscal cliff fears being felt on wall street. the dow dropping 74 points, despite the release of upbeat economic data. now, many merchants are sweating out these last two weeks until christmas to see if weak consumer confident hurts their bottom lines, but in washington, some community leaders are pointing to a local marketing initiative as proof
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that even tough economies can be beaten. tom foreman has tonight's "american journey." >> this is the normal way to do business. >> reporter: far from the malls in the middle of downtown d.c., the holiday market is once again swinging to life with old world charm. for eight years now, even through the darkest days of the recession, it has been a steadily growing story of success for hundreds of artisans and craft dealers selling products from around the globe. michael helps run the market which was started in part it draw more shoppers to the area. how many people come through here? we're getting about 10,000 people a day. and this past saturday, we were so crowded, i think the number might have been double. >> reporter: for small vendors, those crowds are pure gold. ashley robertson is a soap maker from virginia whose inventory has already almost sold out.
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>> how much? oh, my gosh, we brought a bus and we almost emptied it. a bus full of stuff, yeah. >> reporter: ron came all the way from texas to offer buffalo hats, and you sold how many? >> about 200. >> reporter: in what period of time? >> a week. >> reporter: a week? >> yeah. if you walk up and down the street here, you will see a bunch of them here in the next couple of hours. >> reporter: the market has also proven a great place for vendors to test products before opening traditional brick-and-mortar stores. >> without the burden of jumping into the deep end of the pool with rent and insurance and all of the heavy duty investment that you have to do. but once you know you're going to be successful, now can you go forward. >> reporter: and you have that happen here a lot? >> we have. we have. >> reporter: stalls are now so prized and space so limited, there is simply not enough room for all the vendors who want to be here. but for those who are chosen each year for a few lucky weeks -- >> let me just put it on there. >> reporter: -- the holidays are truly cause for celebration.
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>> oh, great, thank you. >> reporter: tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> and it is good to see. anderson will be right back with the ridiculist. w?
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time for "the ridiculist." tonight we're adding something i'm calling the cnbc danger zone. no, that's not the name of a new
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show where maria bartiromo and warren buffett go rock climbing. though, frankly, i think it should be. the cnbc danger zone is what happened when noted economist glenn hubbard sat down for an interview with cnbc's melissa lee. everything was going fine until i can only assume the nbc peacock got a little fiesty off camera. >> they either have to raise taxes or cut some other spending. that forces the congress to think about the mix between taxes, spending outside of the entitlements and spending on the entitlements. that's just not something that our framers thought about because we didn't have a welfare state in those days. >> first of all, i love how he continued on, making his points. that, ali velshi, is what you call a pro. second of all, you will not see cnn guests running into that problem. that's right, we do not waste our money on fancy, dangerous signs for our remote locations. all david gergen needs is some lip gloss and a lava lamp and he's good to go. that being said, cnn anchors have actually encountered some
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onset mishaps, and it turns out it is a global problem. [ speaking foreign language ] >> loosely translated, that was damn you, wolf blitzer. of course there are a lot of potential hazards for folks on tv. sometimes a sign falls, sometimes the lights fall and sometimes, as our friend from wsmv reminds us, even the reporter falls. >> reporter: and look, they're big. this one is about 12 pounds, but they can grow to -- [ laughing ] >> i'm telling you, never work with animals or fish. it is all fun and games until you have to pry a large-mouthed bass off gary tuchman's neck. but back to that cnbc incident. the guest was a pro, the anchor was a pro. no harm done. i just want to point out that cnbc still has a long way to go if it really wants to make history in the financial news blooper department. >> at no point were you running a gym? >> no, no. running a gym?